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Archive for May, 2012

Summary: In a fundraising letter dated May 8, 2012, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann dishonestly tells Republican donors that “in retaliation for repeatedly standing up to President Obama on the national stage, liberal judges have redrawn the lines of [her] Minnesota Congressional District to try and wipe [her] off of the political map once and for all.” At best, that’s a gross misrepresentation of fact; at worst, it’s a shameless, bald-faced lie designed to trick prospective donors into parting with their money under false pretenses.

Summary: Latest news about the Sartell Verso paper mill explosion and fire.

Summary: A Bachmann constituent writes a letter to the editor of the St. Cloud Times, outlining why Rep. Michele Bachmann is an embarrassment to the people of Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District (where Bachmann is running for reelection) and telling her to “go home” to her “golf course mansion” in the 6th Congressional District (where Bachmann lives). … Also: Compilation of Michele Bachmann’s most controversial statements and blunders.

Summary: Nationally syndicated radio talk show host Michael Smerconish will speak at the Historic Paramount Theatre in St. Cloud, Minn., at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at an event billed “An Evening with Michael Smerconish,” sponsored by WJON 1240 AM.

Summary: On March 19, 2012, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann became a subject of the European nation Switzerland and now holds dual U.S.-Swiss citizenship.

Summary: Back in 2009, when Michele Bachmann was focused on reelection to Congress in Minnesota’s libertarian-leaning 6th District, she heavily courted Rep. Ron Paul. But now that she’s focused on her national ambitions, she’s kicked Dr. Paul to the curb and embraced Gov. Romney who, in her own words, “can’t beat Obama” and is “the only governor in the history of the United States to put into place socialized medicine.”

Summary: Monthly report of U.S. military deaths in the Afghanistan war, compiled from U.S. Department of Defense news releases and